Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools

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Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, who is a graduate of Hartford Public Schools, earned her Bachelor in Human Development and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Connecticut, and received a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. She has been committed to education in Greater Hartford for over two decades.  She is guided by deeply rooted commitments to continuous learning and leadership capacity-building in herself and others, while collaborating with others to improve educational outcomes for learners.

Dr. Torres-Rodriguez began her career in education at the San Juan Tutorial Program, Inc. in 1995. During her five-year tenure there she supported the community agency in offering year-round academic intervention and enrichment programs to Hartford Public Schools students and provided organizational leadership as Assistant Director and Interim Executive Director.

Dr. Torres-Rodriguez taught social and behavioral science at Capital Community College.  She served students and families at Goodwin Technical High School as a School Social Worker.  She has held positions of increasing responsibility and complexity including Assistant Principal, Principal, Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Acting Superintendent.

A school transformation expert with a passion for educational equity, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez served as Principal of Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College, Principal of CREC Public Safety Academy in Enfield, and Associate Program Coordinator at the Connecticut Center for School Change where she developed and facilitated programming for a community of practice of 26 Principals across the state.

Prior to her appointment as Acting Superintendent, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez was Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership within Hartford Public Schools, where she provided culturally courageous leadership to support the comprehensive improvement efforts of a network of eleven schools.


A proud graduate of Hartford Public Schools, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez received a Bachelor in Human Development and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut and she earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.

Watch Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez’s thoughtful conversations with students, teachers, colleagues, and community partners.

A Message about Attendance Awareness from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Dear Families, Please take a moment to read this important information. September is National Attendance Awareness Month.  For Hartford Public Schools students in particular, attendance is crucial because we have aChronic Absenteeism crisis in our district. Missing at least 18 days of school, a full 10 percent of the school year, is known as Chronic Absenteeism.  Statistics show […]

Back-to-School 2018 Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

I am so excited to WELCOME BACK each one of our BEAUTIFUL AND CAPABLE STUDENTS!